Book chapterThe city of Ur first commanded serious Assyriological attention in 1850s. A series of explorations by British consul Taylor showed the promise held the by site and would reveal the city’s ancient name. Ur was soon enthusiastically connected with Ur of the Chaldees, known from the Bible as home to...
Book chapterIt was a remarkable stroke of luck that the first large corpus of cuneiform texts to be rediscovered in Mesopotamia was the Library of Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria (668–c. 630 BC). It quickly became the foundation stone on which the modern study of Assyriology was built. The Library remains a...